Very predictable but here they are:
Boyhood, everybody's darling, but it is a different kind of movie and one that confirms Richard Linklater as a major contemporary director, if confirmation was needed after the Before trilogy, and one who, like Hitchcock or Hawks, makes films that are both personal and with a wide appeal.
Birdman, because Iñárritu manages to reinvent himself while remaining perfectly recognizable, and he gives us a film which is like nothing else we've seen before, with a complex and funny point of view on Hollywood blockbusters.
Her, also a "different" movie that illustrates very well the current boom of science fiction and how out of quantity often comes quality. A very good displaced representation of L.A.
Inside Llewyn Davis: the Coens at their best, mixing a more or less historical subject with their very personal "intensification" of reality.
Fruitvale Station, because it puts trendy filmmaking of the docudrama variety to good use, with flashy camera work managing to construct interesting characters and both touching and suspenseful melodrama.
Ida, an example of transnational cinema, directed by Polish-born but UK-based Pawel Pawlokowski, in Poland and in Polish, but with transnational funding. Visually stunning black and white (perhaps even more than Alexander Payne's Nebraska, another very good black-and-white photograph movie of last year), with every framing looking like a painting but contributing meaning and sense to the drama, and a great central relationship between the young nun and her judge aunt in 1962 very grim Communist Poland.
I've cheated a bit because these are movies I saw in 2014, some of them released in 2013, and two of them I didn't really see until this month. Not many (just one) that are not U.S. movies but this is what we get in the provinces.
What are everybody else's favorites of the year? And which of these do you agree and disagree with?